Checking In: Slowly But Surely

I had a pretty okay week. Nothing remarkable. So I’ll just give the highlights:

My skin is starting to look better, which is encouraging. But everything else feels the same. To be honest, I just need my Nike half marathon training to start and my Whole Life Challenge to start and then I can kick into high gear. I should be able to get my sh*t together without these things…

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This past Saturday I went for a nice run with some new friends and kept a 10min pace for 5mi without stopping, which was awesome! I was all…

Really just wanted to use this gif, but it does accurately sum up my feelings about that run.

Really just wanted to use this gif, but it does accurately sum up my feelings about that run.

Anyway that reminded me to push my milage and don’t stress out about staying under 9min/mi. I think that I tend to feel better and accomplish more when I actually pace myself. 

Speaking of running, here is my schedule for the week! 

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I’m so happy to have a coaching program again. It feels like so long ago when I started training for my first half! Week one looks fine, but this program builds quickly. 

Sooooo…. yeah I think that’s about it. If you’re interested in doing the Whole Life Challenge, it starts in about two weeks and it’s great. Sign up here! And now I leave you with some squatspiration from last night’s VMAs. Enjoy. 

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The “I’d Rather Be Napping” Workout

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Sometimes, you just want to lay down when you get home from work. Let gravity take you and just be horizontal. For me it’s always Tuesdays. Tuesday I’m ready for a nap at 7 when I walk in the door. For those times, I made this.

Bench Press: Lay down, push those fists up to the sky while holding weighted objects. For this, I used weights.

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Bridges: Lay down with your feet flat on the floor so your knees are up. Then hump the air like Justin Theroux is watching (I’ve been catching up on The Leftovers this week). Squeeze that ass, then relax back to the floor, then squeeze up,… you get it.

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Chest Flyes: Lay down, grab those heavy things again. Now pretend you’re reverse flying, Jack, and do this with them…

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Skull Crushers: Lay d- well obviously. Do these until you can’t anymore. Don’t worry, it will only take about 10.

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Bicycle: I know, you’re thinking “I thought you said ‘nap!'” But we’re already on the floor, might as well throw a few of these in. I believe in you!

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CARDIO BURST! Time to get that heart rate up with horizontal running. Throw in a bit of mermaid dance if you feel like it.

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Whew. We did it. Now nap time forever.

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Making A Plan: This Week’s Workout Schedule!

My half marathon training starts one week from today. But what about this week? I’m writing this schedule out so I have something to make me accountable. 

YEAH! I CAN DO ANYTHING I SET MY MIND TO!

YEAH! I CAN DO ANYTHING I SET MY MIND TO!

MONDAY: 3mi run, 200 abs, 100 squats, 50 arms, stretching for 10 minutes

TUESDAY: Strength train 

WEDNESDAY: 4mi run, 200 abs, 100 squats, 50 arms, stretching for 10 minutes

THURSDAY: Strength train 

FRIDAY: Rest day

SATURDAY: 5mi run, 200 abs, 100 squats, 50 arms,  stretching for 10 minutes

SUNDAY: 5mi run, 200 abs, 100 squats, 50 arms, stretching for 10 minutes

Someone out there should join me so we can challenge each other! 

Checking In: Don’t Be Discouraged

Phase two in any health kick I go on is inevitably the “WHERE THE F*&$ IS MY NEW BODY” phase, wherein I beat myself up for not changing and go back to the cheesecake. This is what I’m currently dealing with. 

Can't go on!

Can’t go on!

I’ve gained weight, I don’t see any changes, and I’m still feeling a bit bloated. However, this is the part of the process that requires us to push even harder! Don’t be like that cat and give in to gravity. Here is my mantra for the week:

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I need to go HARD this week, but even more important is the mindset I need to trick myself into. I need to still be excited about this lifestyle change. I need to be proud of every run I go on and every strength training session I crush. They haven’t been easy and I haven’t seen any changes, but the fact that I’m still blogging is a change! The fact that I ran 5 miles in the disgusting August-in-the-Valley heat is a change! And tonight, I’m going to run myself into a change again. 

I CAN do this. I CAN do this. I CAN do this!

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Just keep going!

My Mind Is Tellin’ Me No, But My Body’s Tellin’ Me Yes

Yesterday I was doing some research on “fitspo” instagrams, Whole30, and anything else that would get me psyched for my evening workout. It worked! I was jazzed and couldn’t wait to get my sneakers to the pavement. 

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Then traffic. It typically takes me 30-45mins to get home, but yesterday it took me 2 hours. RAGE. So much rage. Also, traffic makes me sleepy and want to eat junk food and watch Netflix. 

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Then my thoughtful fiancé offered to buy Chinese food or wine or anything my heart desired to make up for the shitty travel experience. Which would be awesome any other time, except I’m trying to be healthy and Chinese food isn’t “clean.” 

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Then by the time I got home it was too dark to go for a run. I like to have enough time to run out and back while it’s still light out due to safety reasons. I’m sure I could kick anyone’s ass who tried something funny, that’s not the point. “Really I’m worried for anyone who tried to get in my way,” she thought, sarcastically. 

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Then there was internet connectivity problems in my (what felt like 90 degree) room, so my “Own It” Spotify playlist kept cutting out during my workout.  

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But you know what? I did it. I did a TABATA workout with pushups, skull crushers, weighted shadow boxing, squats, calf raises, donkey kicks, weighted side crunches, bicycle crunches, regular crunches, and planks. I did every single one of my planks! My point is, there are days when it will seem like everything is against you. Anything that could go wrong, will. It will be 90 degrees in your room. But with every skip of your music you can push yourself harder, squat deeper, finish those damn planks. And it will make you feel better, trust me! 

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Fit Ass Friday: The Rock

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This is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He is one of my personal favorite celebrities ever, not because I like wrestling but because I hear he is a great guy, he is a huge inspiration (having come from basically nothing), has an incredible social media presence, and is simply marvelous in any film I’ve seen him in. Look at those muscles and be inspired. 

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WCW: Carly Rowena

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Carly Rowena might be my favorite fitness YouTubber out there. First off, she is a great version of a strong, healthy body, so you know she practices what she preaches. I mean, just look at this. 

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No fuckin’ joke, people. She’s a beast, but a totally achievable beast, which is great inspiration! Her channel includes a bit of everything, from workouts to fitness essentials to tackling any/all topics regarding health. Her videos are high quality and her form is perfect- even videos where she just talks to the camera are entertaining because she has the cutest british accent! Here’s her TMI tag. Watch it and tell me she isn’t the sassiest, cutest chick you want to be best friends with. Come on. 

And here’s one of her “one song workouts” that you should do right now. Come on, let’s do it together. Remember that photo of her abs? Here we go! 

So follow her on YouTube, Instagram, and on her blog for daily inspiration and real talk. Highly recommend!

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